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Moorhen, common

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:30 pm

The most widely distributed member of the rail family, the Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, inhabits water bodies throughout most parts of the world. It has long toes that make it possible for it to walk on soft mud and floating vegetation. The toes have no lobes or webbing, but in spite of this the moorhen is a good swimmer anyway. Newly hatched chicks of the Common Moorhen have spurs on their wings that help them climb into the nest or grab emergent vegetation.

Forraging birds peck food from water surface or from emergent plants while walking or swimming. They eat aquatic invertebrates and seeds of grasses and sedges. The adult birds develop a bright red patch over the forehead and upper mandible of the beak very much where the darker brown patch can be seen on the bill of this juvenile.

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Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:37 pm

And another few?? Hope no one minds?? :?

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A Common Moorhen??

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Moorhen chick??
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Unread post by Rusty Justy » Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:03 pm

Hi Yolande,

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Re: Moorhen, common

Unread post by arks » Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:24 pm

Seen at Rondevlei (Cape Town), October 2010.

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Re: Moorhen, common

Unread post by arks » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:54 pm

And this one taking off at Abrahamskraal, WCNP, 13 October 2011.

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Re: Moorhen, common

Unread post by Leeukos » Mon May 07, 2012 10:01 pm

A photo of a Common Moorhen.

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A photo of a Common Moorhen.

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A photo of a Common Moorhen.

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Re: Moorhen, common

Unread post by Leeukos » Mon May 07, 2012 10:05 pm

A photo of a Common Moorhen.

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Re: Moorhen, common

Unread post by naomi c » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:53 pm

I never realised that the Common Moorhen is omnivorous as I always saw them eating plant material. Last weekend I actually saw one fishing!

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